Before I begin I just need to make it clear that Adam and I can take very little credit for the amazing RMW Real bride Hen Do, it was the brain child of our real brides, headed up by Shirley, with Kim from the Pink Pumpkin organising all of the activities and details with one wave of her perfectly manicured hand.
As well as Shirley, Kelly, Jo, Alex, Amanda and Celine some of our other RMW bride finalists also joined in the festivities – Laura, Lisa, Amy, Larissa, Emma, Laura B, Rachel and Jenny…
And they were joined by make-up artist Mariam Jensen, hair maestro Severin Hubert, his wife Roz and the rest of their team, Sam from Mamfii Bridal and Jo from Something Blue PR…. Good job the folks at The Swan provided an endless stream of cupcakes and cocktails.
We had a really great time, I spent the majority of the day killing myself laughing and thought all of the girls were just gorgeous, we are so lucky to have such lovely ladies as part of the RMW crew.
With huge thanks to Ben at Touch for capturing all of the fun, humour and general merriment.
As I mentioned the do was at The Swan at the Globe in their swanky function room, think dreamy decor and spectacular views of the River Thames, St Pauls Catherdral and the Millennium Bridge – the perfect backdrop for Ben to capture all of our brides in their foxy finery.
Kim from The Pink Pumpkin had organised two main craft tasks for the day, D.I.Y decor in the form of painting your own initial (you can buy the plain card letters from Hobbycraft – genius for a multitude of W-day uses) and jewellery design.
Sam from Mamfii had provided a vast selection of delicate beads and swarovski crystals and was a dab hand with the pliers – our brides created some seriously pretty pieces, in fact I am hoping to see some bespoke baubles in their big day reports….
Sam from Mamfii also provided a range of fabulous frocks for our brides to try on (yes we tried to get Adam in one but unfortunately he refused…) and I have to say I thought some of the gowns were literally “made” for certain girls – check out Jo in the strapless floaty number.
Lunch was a fancy afternoon tea, with crustless cucumber sandwiches, carrot cake and a delicious selection of chocolate treats with various toppings. I think we all may have indulged in a wee bit too much sugar but…. who cares?
Severin Hubert was on hand with his immense equipment and styling products making everyone look red-carpet worthy, Rachel ended up with the biggest hair I had ever seen – I was very jealous, Rachel if you’re reading I am expecting to see some serious beehive action for W-day please….
And in true Charlotte/Sev tradition I had to ask him to create a never-seen-before barnet “creation” for me, and having neglected to decorate my “C” thought I could combine DIY with erm…. hair styling, i.e. have a giant C secured onto the back of my head…
Me: Sev I want this C on my head please.
Sev: I beg your pardon? you want this C in your hair?
Me: Yep – At least I won’t forget what my name begins with…
Sev: Honestly Charlotte I do other industry professional’s hair and they want so much sophistication…you just want crazy
Me: Wouldn’t do for us all to be the same now would it 😉
And true to Sev’s amazing skills my C was Lady Ga Ga gorgeous in no time, I was actually slightly gutted when I had to take it out… (although Adam did make me wear it into the service station where I received some mighty strange looks..)
One of the main highlights of the day was seeing just how flawless “face-hate” Alex really is – this girl has no freakin’ clue how darn pretty she is and I have no idea what she is concerned about when it comes to her W-day pictures, if she can look this amazing in an every day scenario then what is she going to look like as the bride?
Unbelievable that’s what.
And can I just mention Kelly’s luscious locks? so long…so shiny , Sev had to walk about 10 yards away from her just to unwind the curling tongs. Oh and Amanda’s mohican – LOVED that. And Celine’s cute green dress, I wanted to steal it whilst she was upping it in the glamour stakes in full-on bridal wear.
Obviously I didn’t – that would be rude.
Real Bride Jo has the most perfect skin – honestly, like porcelain velvet. I want whatever she’s having please… And Mariam Jensen painted on some sexy winged black eyeliner that made Jo’s eyes all sultry Bardot-esque, have a look at our 60’s siren post if you want to re-create.
All of the girls had their pictures taken with a selection of their letters, brand new accessories and various gowns – Ben from Touch was a real super star, he didn’t stop snapping all day.
Some of my favourite images are those that were taken on the balcony with the big smoke lit up like a film set, I may originate from the West Midlands but a piece of my heart lies in London, I can’t help it when it looks as dreamy as this.
Adam you great ruddy poser – what do you think this is – the Next catalogue?
Must say a huge thanks to Rachel for lending me her “R” for Rock My Wedding, her star design was far superior than anything I could have achieved.
Last but not least I wanted to say thanks to our goody bag suppliers including Ark skincare, Pocket Typewriter as assisted by Adore by Chloe (those calendars were so cute!) and all of the generous discounts and offers Kim managed to bag (literally)
So lovelies, are you doing anything similar for your hen party? a day full of arts and crafts mixed with a generous dose of dress-up? or maybe just a laid-back lunch with your closet friends? Do tell.
Hair – Hepburn Collection
Make-up – Mariam Jensen
Bridal Gown Supply – Mamfii Bridal
Planner Extrordinaire – Kim at The Pink Pumpkin
Venue – The Swan at The Globe
Gorgeous People – RMW Real Brides
Cupcakes – Krishanthi
Photographer – Ben at Touch
I’m hoping we can have another party very very soon… who wants to come?
Big Shirley, Kelly, Jo, Celine, Amanda and Alex Love